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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Ponderations!





The golden sunset the other evening.  Taken from my balcony.





















Bella looks outside and ponders the rain.  She wouldn't go out onto the balcony even though it's sheltered...she's such a wuss!













After weeks of lovely warm sunny weather, it's been raining on and off for the last two days.  Not that I'm complaining...not at all.  We need the rain and this will be the last hooray before the dry season sets in when there will be very minimal rain for the next few months.  The temperature dropped yesterday though and I dragged a fleece top out of the bag where my winter clothes were all packed away, donned it and promptly felt overdressed...but warmer.
According to the weather forecast last evening the night time temps are due to drop towards the weekend so I suppose the winter PJs will be coming out of the same bag.  I'll worry about it when it happens...

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I went along to the monthly meeting of my writers' group on Saturday where we were informed about marketing techniques for selling our books.  Most interesting and I was able to instigate one or two the next day.  All I have to do is wait another 4 or 5 days before I can put some of the others into practice.  I thought Seniors' Week, held in August, would be a good opportunity as my book is about seniors behaving badly.  Fortunately I don't mind public speaking so I'll contact some of the seniors' organisations regarding that (and hopefully sell one or two books!)

Another get together I look forward to is our writers' nights (held on a Wednesday night, also once a month), where we snack on nibbles and indulge in a glass or two of wine.  It encourages the creative juices to flow...  One of the characters we have to write about is Molly the Mad Witch and what she gets up to.  Last time she was giving a dinner party for Macbeth's ghost along with a few cronies and we had to write down a three course menu.  Creativity came to the fore and various unusual, weird and sometimes nauseating dishes were conjured out of our imaginations.  I hope Macbeth and his cohorts would have enjoyed it!  We had a lot of laughs.

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I've been fighting off a cold for the last few days.  I'm quite offended at having to do this because I just don't get colds!  As this whatever it is seems determined to prove me wrong, there has been quite a tussle going on.  I'm winning though...honey for the ticklish throat and annoying cough plus Vicks on my chest at night and plenty of fluids.   I wasn't able to have chicken soup because it's been too warm to make any, however I may have to rethink that one.

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I was advised years ago that if one can't say something nice about something/someone, say nothing at all.  Hence, there's no book review today.

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We had our ANZAC Day dawn services and parades last Friday.  It's just wonderful to see how many young people are helping to keep alive this most important day for Australian and New Zealand returned servicemen.  As I read about one misguided person who berated us for "honouring" war, I was saddened to think that was how some people saw it.  We don't honour war, we remember our loved ones and all the brave men and women who have given their lives to keep our two countries free from those who would have liked to over run us.  I also find it sad about the lack of knowledge which besets those who make insensitive comments like that above.

There are also those who want to scrap calling it ANZAC Day because it's discriminatory to our many migrant Australians.  Without denigrating our new Aussies in any way, I must point out that many of them weren't living here or fighting for their new country and I'm sure they would be the first to recognise that.  Sometimes political correctness really goes too far and these outlandish proposals are thought up by people who have little else better to do with their time.
Okay, rant over.  Just thought I'd state my thoughts.

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I hope you all had a lovely Easter with your loved ones and that the chocolate indulgence didn't cause too many guilty feelings.

6 comments:

  1. You know my feelings about those who denigrate Anzac Day, Robyn...so I won't go into further details here; if I do, I may never cease! Suffice to say, as I wrote in my Anzac Day article...it is not a day glorifying war...and to those who think it is, I say they are very misguided and very ignorant.

    It was beautiful to wake up to the sound of rain on the roof yesterday morning. Remy, Shama and I just snuggled in together and enjoyed the pleasure; staying in bed longer than usual. But we have no one to say we had to do otherwise. We three musketeers do as we please.

    The marketing techniques sounds most interesting...I should have a look into that.

    I hope your cold symptoms disappear before they take hold. It sounds like you're doing the right things to scare them away. I hope you're devouring lots of oranges, lemons etc., as well. My little lemon tree has been a brilliant producer this past year...I gave it a really hard cut back and that gave it a fright I think...it's been producing bucket loads of lemons. I squeeze three each morning to have in a little water. I think I've become an addict! ;)

    Take good care.

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  2. You did the right thing with your lemon tree, Lee, by giving it a good haircut and now it's repaying you. The cold symptoms haven't really developed but they're enough to be annoying, however, I guess they'll go eventually.

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  3. First off, love the name Bella. Sweet for a kitty. And purrrfect. But I must say I wish it'd rain here!! Lucky you.

    Feel better.

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  4. We have the same weather here (only it's spring) after sunshine now it's raining again. I had to look up what an ANZAC day is, fortunately Wikipedia could answer me !

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    1. Isn't Wikipedia great? You can find out about anything!

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